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12:25 PM ET, October 23, 2009


 Top Items: 
Microsoft Reports First-Quarter Results  —  Windows and Xbox exceed expectations due to strong consumer demand; cost discipline drives earnings per share growth  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Demand for Windows 7, Xbox lifts Microsoft earnings; more losses online  —  Microsoft said on Friday (techmeme) that strong demand for the just-released Windows 7 operating system and its popular Xbox gaming console lifted the company's financial results this quarter, beating expectations.
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid makes appearance on Motorola's site  —  Uh... so much for an announcement event?  Or Motorola just doesn't know what the hell is going on (most likely the reason), because the Motorola Droid makes an official appearance on Moto's U.S. site.  It just might be that we were sent …
Gaurav Shukla /
Android powered “Motorola Zeppelin” spotted (Update)  —  As we await the launch of Verizon Moto Droid on Oct 28, , we have yet another Motorola Android phone, which needs considerable attention.  —  It was spotted by, a chinese tech website.  According to the website …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Google Placates India, China With Different Map Versions  —  Google has hit upon an interesting way of placating both China and India over the way its map application displays Arunachal Pradesh, a region whose ownership is disputed by the two countries.  —  The Chinese version …
Discussion: Softpedia News and AppScout, Thanks:enauzer
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Ballmer on the Smartphone Race: “It Doesn't Matter What the Critics Say”  —  In this segment of my exclusive interview series with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, I brought up the sore subject of Windows Mobile 6.5.  After defending it, he cited another product that did well but suffers mounting criticism: Nokia smartphones.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Steve Ballmer hasn't seen the Courier video, promises Zune integration in next WinMo release  —  We just got off stage with Steve Ballmer, where we garnered a blistering 40 minutes of wild conversation with the man, touching on all things Microsoft.  Of course, Windows 7 was at the forefront …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Video: Dell Adamo XPS Can Only Be Opened By Rubbing It  —  The Dell Adamo XPS isn't only ridiculously thin, but it opens like no laptop ever seen before.  Its propped up keyboard can only be opened by sliding a finger on the lid's heat sensing strip.  See it to believe it...  Did your mouth drop?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Ads' New Target: Windows 7 (See the Videos!)  —  Here are the three new Apple (AAPL) commercials trying to take a smack at the launch of Windows 7 (MSFT), the new operating system software from Microsoft.  —  The “Get a Mac” advertising features the PC and Mac guys, as usual, but are quite a bit meaner than usual.
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Windows 7 is a triumph in the operating system's line  —  Windows 7 Demo … I found Windows 7, officially released Thursday, to be confusing and disorienting from the very start.  I felt lost: where was the familiar sensation of pain, frustration and rage that has acted as the compass guiding …
Discussion: Slate
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix to Launch Streaming-Only Service...but Not in the U.S.  —  During yesterday's Q3 earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed the company's plans to launch a streaming-only service which will allow users to watch movies via their PCs without having to sign up for the DVD-by-mail portion of the Netflix service.
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's Raindrop: An Open Conversation Aggregator  —  While most conversation aggregators are concerned with harnessing your river of data, Mozilla is breaking it down into manageable raindrops.  According to a morning blog post on the Mozilla Labs site the company is launching the prototype …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Accounts For 1 In 4 Internet Pageviews  —  Here's a startling conclusion by Perry Drake of database marketing firm Drake Direct:  —  Facebook accounts for 25% of U.S. online pageviews.  —  Perry's analysis was prompted by a study showing that the figure in the U.K. is 1 in 7.
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360  —  During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360.  I wanted to clear something up.  Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC.  As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.
Burger King Japan selling Windows 7 burgers  —  Microsoft has taken the unusual step of promoting Windows 7 in Japan with Burger King's launch of a Windows 7 Whopper.  Fitting in with the software theme, the burger stacks seven patties in an otherwise normal Whopper and measures 5.1 inches tall.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The New (First Screenshots)  —  Today, CNN has invited a number of journalists to One Time Warner Center in New York City to witness a preview of the new homepage (they're calling the event “The Unveiling").  The site serves as one of the Internet's most popular news sites …
Beverly Yang / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reading gets personal with Popular items and Personalized ranking  —  (Cross-posted with the Official Google Blog)  —  Today, we're launching two changes to Google Reader to help you discover more interesting content faster.  Just as the launch of Personalized Search improved search results based …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nigeria actually arrests, shuts down online scammers  —  It turns out Nigeria is taking measures to fight Internet scams—law enforcement there has shut down close to a thousand websites and made 18 arrests as part of a new initiative to save the nation's reputation and crack down on Internet scammers.
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:enauzer
Claire Atkinson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Chase Carey: Hulu to Charge in 2010  —  News Corp. Deputy Chairman Chase Carey opened the B&C OnScreen summit to discuss where he sees the business going.  “It's time to start getting paid for broadcast content online,” he said.  Carey said that while everyone cites the infamous Jeff Zucker quip that …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL: We're working on something big and secret  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Tim Armstrong is such a tease.  —  The AOL CEO, speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday, didn't have any high-profile announcements like many of the other speakers at the conference.  But instead, he hinted that one might be on the way.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Canonical takes on Win 7 with Ubuntu 9.10 RC  —  IDG News Service - Canonical on Thursday made available the Release Candidate of its latest Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 9.10, on the same day Microsoft launched the long-awaited Windows 7.  —  The upcoming Canonical release …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ships Final Cut apps upgrade, new OS X Server tools  —  Apple has unleashed a pair of important software updates, one for users of its professional applications, the other for Mac OS X server admins (whose numbers recently begun to swell on the release of the Mac mini server configuration).
Discussion: Computerworld
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
App Turns iPhone Into Dime Jukebox  —  The legal price for a tune on an iPhone could drop to a dime in no time, thanks to the wonders of cloud computing.  That's if Apple approves an iPhone app from the innovative music service Lala, which the company says will happen by the end of the year.
Discussion: Music Ally and iPhone Buzz
BART partners with location-based service Foursquare to encourage transit ridership  —  Bay Area Rapid Transit has become the first transit agency to partner with the location-based mobile network Foursquare, with the goal of encouraging public transit use.  —  Foursquare combines social …
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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
ScrollMotion releases in-app purchase, has sold over 200,000 e-books on the iPhone
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Botnets contributing more than ever to click fraud
Discussion: eWeek, Maximum PC and threatpost
Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center …:
At Slate, small is the new big
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Nokia's Looking To Sell Off Dopplr
Discussion: ArcticStartup
PayPal opens up API
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Eric Schmidt gives intern-placement network InternInc a leg up
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
McCain introduces bill to block FCC's net neutrality rules
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker: Twitter/Facebook Will Soon Dominate The Web — Not Google.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
News Corp. digital chief: MySpace ‘kind of stopped’